“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
Lolasana is one of the most challenging arm balance poses in yoga. It requires a great amount of strength and focus to execute properly, and even more so to be able to transition in or out of it. Lolasana, or as I like to call her, “Lola,” is a tough bitch, but she’s a good friend to have in your practice. The lessons she will teach you in your journey to hang with her are unparalleled by any other pose in your repertoire. It’s a shame she’s so easily dismissed, and for no better reason than her level of difficulty.
But as it stands, anything worth doing requires work. There are no cheat codes. There are no shortcuts. No one can give you Lola. You have to earn her attention. No one can give you a handstand press. You have to work to achieve it. No one can give you the skills you need to succeed where you want; they can guide you, but it’s up to you to learn the skills for yourself, and it is up to you to put them to work.
To achieve the challenging things, you have to work for the challenging things.
So face the challenging things and work through them. What you learn on those paths are powerful and viable tools that you can apply anywhere.